Our goal is to make certain that all District children receive regular, preventive health care, said Williams. And this year, we hope to have all schoolchildren immunized by the start of school in the fall.
Currently, approximately 5,600 public school students are living without age-appropriate vaccinations. In an effort to expand compliance with childhood vaccinations and child health preventive screening requirements, the Department of Health, in partnership with the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) and healthcare providers, will ensure timely student record review, provide parents with immunization information, encourage parents to obtain comprehensive health and dental services, increase access to immunization services, and ensure a seamless transfer of information to the community.
The Districts efforts will include an aggressive media campaign with a No Shot No School theme in conjunction with Childrens National Medical Centers Its Wise to Immunize theme. Childrens
Although parents have the ultimate responsibility for accessing and ensuring age-appropriate regular and routine healthcare of their children, we very much appreciate the help of our community partners in this effort, said Williams.
Source: D.C. Department of Health